New Addition

Lucian figured out where we could get a new buck for the fall completely on his own. Out of the blue one day he said, “We should get a new billy goat from Papa Kenny’s and bring him home to live with us.”

Papa Kenny is Trenton’s uncle and he lives about 5 hours west of where we are.

Trenton’s uncle told Lucian that he could have one of his baby goats as long as he thought of a good name for it that wasn’t “Billy.”

So when we went to visit Lucian told his Papa Kenny that he wanted to name his new goat Frank. He looked over the three or four males in the pen and picked out a great looking Toggenburg buck. Kenny threw in a two horse trailer he didn’t need any more so Frank had a comfortable ride back to Wisconsin (which was awesome) and so we have our new addition to the farm. A great big Thank You to Ken and Lori for the goat and the trailer.

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On a farm animals tend to come and go. Sometimes it can be hard for Lucian when an animal goes to a new home but he is still young so he has a tendency to forget after a while. Or so I think, but he has the memory of an elephant and will ask why an animal had to go to a new home months later. For example, we sold our Billy goat last fall after breeding season for a few different reasons.

  1. We kept one of his daughters so we would need a new breeding buck anyway.
  2. He was getting aggressive as he matured and had become hard to handle safetly. We kept him for three years which is the longest we have kept a buck.

His question last week was, “Why did Billy have to go to a new home? I really liked him. Was he getting too mean with his horns?”

He understands why he needed to go to a new home but he has to mull over changes for a while. I hope we are able to keep Frank for a good long time and when he is ready for a new home Lucian will be old enough to fully grasp the reasons why without getting too upset.

Mud Puddle

A little mud and water never hurt anyone, right? That’s Right!

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Northern Wisconsin seemed to jump directly from winter to summer over the span of two or three weeks and let me tell you it was a little rough. A foot of snow on the ground at the end of April turned into 90 degree days in the middle of May. I did not adjust to the heat very well and neither did the goats. Halfway through the day I had to put them in the barn for a few hours so they could cool off. The grass was dry, crusty, and wilty and I was concerned I would not have any pasture for the animals, but it finally rained.

It rained for about a week and we needed every drop of it. So with big mud puddles in the yard and driveway the kids took advantage of it.

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They played in this mud puddle for a long time and we as happy as little ducks in a new pond.

It sure was bath time when they were done though!